March 15, 2011

I'm here now and my use of a mouse...

I don't have a proper mouse with me and even if I did, I doubt I could do this map justice...but just to give you an idea of how far away I am from the devastation etc.
The blue circle is where I am now...sort of...
The yellow circle shows where I usually am...and the red circle inaccurately shows where the earthquakes, largest tsunamis and the fragile nuclear reactors are.

I was in the yellow circle when the earthquake hit - a tremor with the intensity of 3 on the seismic scale.  We were that far away from the red circle area (that had a magnitude of 9.0) and to think we still felt it is mind boggling.

Now (as I type this) I am seeing on the news that Shizuoka (the prefecture in the middle of the red and yellow circles) just had a tremor with the intensity of 6 on the seismic scale.  At least no fear of a tsunami...
It is not certain if all of these quakes are related...

I am trying to count my blessings and focus on my duties as a daughter, wife and consultant.  I haven't been meditating again so I think it is time for me to sit down straighten my back, lift my head and take a deep breath....or two...or three.

Peach Blossom that my mom has in a vase...

I pray that wherever you are, that you are safe.  Let's not forget to smile and let's continue to hope for the best. 

For English updates on Japan the Kyodo news service is pretty reliable:


New Zealand is still trying to recover from an earthquake and there is Haiti  that still needs help...Indonesia, Iran, China...Papua New Guinea...this is all just so hard to wrap my head around.

I am thinking the Red Cross or/and Doctors Without Borders.


Aleksandra said...

Dear Tulsa Im so happy to read and see you are OK,the catastrophe in your country has moved me and im still in state of shock when I see hear poor sweet people that survived and still hoping to find their love ones. When I imagine how they must feel I get very,very sad.It shook me that bad that my back pain returned and now I can not do much of writing or anything else so I will just send you much,much love,warmest hugs to you and your dear ones,take care dear Tulsa you are in my thoughts! Delwyn is waiting for her daughter to fly over from Japan to Hawaii they are living also stressful times.Bye darling and ill check on news of you another time! Im also on facebook as Aleks Komlenovic and there i was very involved in the situation in your country.Well,im off to bed now,see you later alligator :O) Hugs and smiling smiles from me

Frances said...

Tulsa, again I thank you for your kindness in posting this update, complete with map.

Here in New York, my friends and I are sending all good wishes and prayers to all in Japan, as we watch our television news. We truly do not know what to think or what to believe is true, as we watch history being recorded.

I am so glad that you and yours are safe.

Doctors without borders is a favorite organization of mine for many years.

Lots of love to you, Tulsa.

I_am_Tulsa said...

Thank you Aleks! I have been worried about Delwyn's daughter andleft a comment on her blog but hadn't heard back yet! So thank you! I hope you start to feel better soon. Please do not worry about me. You are in my prayers too!

Frances, thank you for your support. It is so nice to know that so many people are praying for Japan right now.

It is so hard to figure out what is true and what is just used as a "sensational" news item...hopefully things will settle down soon.

lots of love to you!